Sankar Kumar Pal
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Sankar Kumar Pal is a Distinguished Scientist and Former Director of the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta. He founded the Machine Intelligence Unit in 1993, and the Center for Soft Computing Research: a National Facility in 2004 at the institute. He received a Ph.D. in Radio Physics and Electronics from the University of Calcutta in 1979, and another Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering along with DIC from Imperial College, University of London in 1982.
His areas of research interests include fuzzy sets and uncertainty analysis, artificial neural networks for machine intelligence, pattern recognition, image processing, data mining, genetic algorithms, rough sets, and soft computing. He has worked on hybrid intelligent systems like neuro fuzzy and rough fuzzy hybridization.
He has been honored with Padma Shri in Science and Engineering 2013 (one of the highest civilian awards) by the president of India. He has also received the 1990 S.S. Bhatnagar Prize (which is the most coveted award for a scientist in India), and many prestigious awards in India and abroad including the 1999 G.D. Birla Award, 1998 Om Bhasin Award, 1993 Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship, 2000 Khwarizmi International Award from the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2000-2001 FICCI Award, 1993 Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, 1993 NASA Tech Brief Award (USA), 1994 IEEE Trans. Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award (USA), 1995 NASA Patent Application Award (USA), 1997 IETE-R.L. Wadhwa Gold Medal, the 2001 INSA-S.H. Zaheer Medal, 2005-06 ISC-P.C. Mahalanobis Birth Centenary Award (Gold Medal) for Lifetime Achievement, 2007 J.C. Bose Fellowship of the Government of India and 2008 Vigyan Ratna Award from Science & Culture Organization, West Bengal.